Our Range of Programs at LMB

Dharma Classes

upper-symb-dharmachakraDharma is a Sanskrit word which has many meanings. For us, it mainly means the teachings of the Buddha. We use it often to refer to holy things, Buddhist things, and to ourselves as Dharma students. Have a look at the wide range of classes that LMB offers.

  • Introductory, entry level – Buddhism in a Nutshell, Guided Meditation
  • Intermediate –  Discovering Buddhism
  • Intermediate/advanced levels – Basic Program
  • Secular – Cultivating Compassion Training, Cultivating Emotional Balance, Non-Violent Communication, and lots more!
  • Everyday Dharma – talks and study groups on integrating dharma into daily life
  • Visiting teachers – LMB accesses the expertise of international FPMT accredited teachers to give commentary on classical Buddhist topics

Guided Meditations

Guided Meditation: Sunday mornings, 9:30am to 10:30am

*Currently offered virtually via Facebook Live*

Location varies. Check calendar listings.

Arrive before 9:30 to get situated for a quiet meditation on the nature of mind/awareness. After a quick break to stretch our legs and make any needed adjustments, we sit back down for another 15-20 minutes of contemplation on various Dharma topics – lessons taught by the Buddha and the centuries of later Buddhist masters.

Guided Meditation: Monday evenings, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

*Currently offered virtually via Facebook Live*

Location varies. Check calendar listings.

Join us for guided meditations in the Main Gompa. Suitable for all levels- including those just learning about mediation.  The sessions include breaks for stretching and adjustments and time for questions.

 

Registration is not necessary for our ongoing meditations. Drop-ins are welcome. No background required.

See upcoming meditations and practice sessions.


upper-symb-canopyPujas

We offer a regular schedule of pujas – daily, monthly, and on special holy days: Medicine Buddha Puja, Chittamani Tara Puja, Guru Puja (Lama Chöpa), Shakyamuni Buddha Puja, and others. Puja is a Sanskrit word which means to please. The purpose is to purify obstacles and to accumulate positive imprints so that we ourselves can become that enlightened being. See more about pujas…


Road Scholar Retreats

Land of Medicine Buddha is one of the high-ranking hosts of Road Scholar Retreats (by Elderhostel Inc). A rotation of various themes is offered throughout the year with one or two retreats here each month. Participants learn about Buddhist philosophy, meditation, nutrition, aromatherapy, qi-gong, local herbs and medicinal plants, etc. They also enjoy the camaraderie of other like-minded, adventurous people. See listing of upcoming retreats…


Wellness

Creating a space for healing is one of our center’s goals. We do this by providing a natural environment, quiet spaces for meditation and relaxation, massage and other bodywork by appointment, and by offering healthy cuisine. We also have a few regular programs specifically aimed at wellness. See:

 


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Participating in a guided, group retreat is a good way to learn how to do a retreat. The supportive structure of practicing in a group can help us overcome our lazy habits. Our spiritual guide, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche says that practicing in a group greatly multiplies the positive effect. See list of upcoming retreats…


Festivals

Medicine Buddha Festival generally occurs some time between Memorial Day and Summer Solstice. It is usually our largest event of the year with activities spanning from the lower campus up to the Wish-fulfilling Temple where the huge thangka (painting) of the Medicine Buddhas is unfurled. Ksitigarbha Festival is held on or around Labor Day on the spot of the Ksitigarbha statue and the meadow. Both festivals includes chanting of religious texts, food, and performances.